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Avoid Distractions While Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in distraction-related crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. More than 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Drivers in their 20s are the second largest age group, and make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.

Distracted driving can include: Texting; Using a cell phone or smartphone; Eating and drinking; Talking to passengers; Grooming; Reading, including maps; Using a navigation system; Watching a video; Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010, according to the NHTSA.

Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. Studies also show that headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Another 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have engaged in multi-message text conversations while driving.

The best way to avoid distracted driving is to model good behavior for your teens and young children. Do not use cell phones while driving and never take your eyes off the road. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times.

You can prevent distracted driving on your end, but that doesn’t stop the other driver from chatting away on their phone as they strike your vehicle. You need a comprehensive car insurance policy to protect you from the distracted driving of others. Knowledgeable, independent insurance agents at Reeves, Coon & Funderburg can assist in you in finding the best coverage at the most affordable rates. Contact us to find out how to protect you and your loved ones from distracted driving.

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